Buying gifts for friends and family can be a tricky business. How much should you spend? What do they already have? They say they like it, but are they just being polite?! There are plenty of ways the present buying process can go awry!
If the person you’re buying a gift for is a petrolhead, it can be an even bigger challenge. Short of forking out for a brand new car (your wallet says a resounding NO), it’s hard to land on a suitable offering to match this rather expensive hobby.
Well, the struggle ends here! PassMeFast presents to you: our top 10 gifts for car lovers! We have something to suit all budgets and tastes. If we miss anything off the list, be sure to let us know in the comments. Let’s get into it!
10. Keyring £5-£250
We’re going to start at the cheap and cheerful end. It might seem a bit basic, but there are actually a range of chic and even personalised options you can go for when it comes to keyrings. Take, for instance, this fun number plate keyring from Not On The High Street. Or, for those with a taste for the finer things, how about this cool Off-White keyring available from Farfetch? Not only will you be sprucing up your mate’s key game, but every time they go to unlock their car, they’ll think of you!
9. Car scents £1.99-£39.99
Another one for those who are pinching the pennies, an air freshener makes a practical and thoughtful gift for your friend who spends a lot of time in their car. You could plump for the OG and settle on a Little Trees New Car Scent, available from Halfords—it’s a classic for a reason, people! Then again, if you want to splash a bit more cash, there are more luxury options. Head over to Car Colognes, where you can explore a range of cologne-inspired car diffusers, sure to impress the most sophisticated of nostrils.
Need some help working out which smell is best? Check out our top 10 car scents.
8. Driving gloves £5-£150
Heading into fancier territory, no racer boy/girl ensemble is complete without a solid pair of driving gloves. If you opt to go down this route, you can really have some fun finding a pair that matches your recipient’s personal style and taste. For the fashionista in your life, for example, these rather fetching polka dot driving gloves are available on Amazon. Then again, if you desire something more traditional and high quality, you can’t go wrong with these leather embossed gloves by Dents.
7. Car cleaning products £4-£995(!)
Now, we don’t just mean putting a bow on some Windex and calling it a day. A real car lover goes above and beyond to keep their motor looking spic and span. We’re talking car shampoos, polish and maybe even a mini hoover. If you want to dip your toe into the car cleaning pool while on a hunt for a gift, we suggest starting with wax. This Simoniz Original Wax comes in a nice little tin and is available at a reasonable price from trusty old Wilko.
On the other hand, if you rich rich, you could splash out on this Crystal Rock State of the Art Car Wax. The 200ml version will set you back nearly a grand, but it does come packaged in a satin pouch, so you can at least save money on wrapping paper.
6. Driving movie £2.50-£15
A gift for a car lover doesn’t have to be something directly related to their vehicle. Use your imagination and think of all the aspects of life that cars infiltrate. A gift that can be enjoyed by both giver and receiver, for example, is a film related to cars. Maybe you buy them a DVD, rent a movie online or grab a couple of cinema tickets to the latest automobile-related release. It’s a gift that can thoroughly entertain you both, but still shows that you put some thought into it! For a bit of inspiration, take a look at our top 10 driving films.
5. Driving game £9.99-£54.99
Sticking to a similar theme, you could also give them something fun to do in the downtime they enjoy when not on the road. Computer games based around driving are a great way to blow off any road rage-related steam, because they let players drive in a way that would never be acceptable in the real world! Top picks for gamers include Grand Theft Auto V and Need For Speed: Heat—both are available at Game. Just make sure you check which console your friend is working with before you hit the checkout!
4. Car magazine subscription £3-£135
Anyone obsessed with all things car-related is sure to enjoy a few copies of an automobile magazine. Subscriptions make for particularly great presents, because once you’ve paid up, you can sit back and relax while the postman does the rest! Plus, with magazines showing up for your recipient on a monthly (or even weekly) basis, it feels like the gift that keeps on giving!
Popular choices include Classic and Sports Car magazine and BBC Top Gear magazine. If you know someone who is a real engineering nerd, you could even treat them to a subscription to a specialist title, like Race Technology Reports magazine. It won’t come cheap, though—6 issues will set you back £135!
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3. Adapters £6-£150
Allow someone to multi-task and fulfill their technology needs while driving by giving a car adapter as a gift! A small wire can make a big difference when it comes to your phone charging, radio playing and music blasting needs. For a simple stocking filler, how about purchasing a USB car charger for your petrolhead friend? You can get this double USB port adapter by LOGIK for just over a tenner from Currys PC World.
Or, if you really want to push the boat out, you could gift this impressive-looking, multi-functional car adapter that includes digital radio and Bluetooth capabilities, as well as phone charging ports and a hands-free call feature! You can find it on Amazon.
When handing over a gift of this kind, don’t be shy about dropping a brief lecture on the rules surrounding mobile phone use in the car!
2. A new sat nav system £59.99-£299.99
Continuing on the technology train, you could also give someone the gift of seamless navigation by upgrading their sat nav situation. These gadgets are always being updated, so you’re sure to find something on the market that beats what they already have. Try this Binatone 4.3 inch sat nav for a high-quality product that doesn’t break the bank.
Alternatively, if you want to blow their socks off, treat them to this TomTom GO Premium 5 inch sat nav. It comes with a range of advanced features including speed camera alerts, voice command & control, LCD touchscreen and Bluetooth for hands-free calls. Both are available at Argos.
1. A Supercar experience £64-£2,500
And, finally, to what we think is the ultimate gift for car lovers. Buy them a day to remember by gifting a supercar experience! This means they get to ride along (or even take the wheel!) in the high performance sports car of their dreams. The experiences take place on established race circuits, so they’ll get to see these incredible cars flex their full potential. Shop by location, car model or experience-type to select the perfect gift for your loved one. Some packages, like this Nissan GT-R 14 Lap Driving experience by TrackDays, are surprisingly affordable.
As you can probably imagine, there are also some truly mind-blowing experiences available on the market, if you’re willing to pay the hefty price tag. Check out this opportunity to drive with Top Gear’s very own The Stig at Silverstone circuit, complete with VIP hospitality—a steal at £2,500! Head over to Virgin Experience Days to snap up the deal.
That completes our top 10 list of gifts for car lovers! If you liked what you saw, be sure to check back in with the PassMeFast Blog soon, as we have plenty more top 10 lists on the way!